Graduate Certificate in Leadership Development

This graduate certificate program in leadership development enables students to acquire skills in the areas of instructional design, group processes, adult learning, organizational diagnosis and consulting strategies, depending upon the needs and interests of the student. Designed for working professionals, program participants apply new skills in real world settings as well as in the classroom. This certificate provides students with a realistic preview of the master's degree program in Organizational Leadership and Learning. If accepted, all 15 credits will apply toward the 30-credit Master's degree program.


Core Courses

HOL 6700 Human Behavior in Organizations or HOL 6701 Adult Learning
HOL 6704 Leadership in Organizations
9 credits of electives to be chosen in consultation with academic advisor



    Program Entry: Fall
    Prerequisites: Bachelors Degree
    Campus: Main Campus

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (unofficial)
  • Application Fee

For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible for the next available start term. Please contact the admissions team with any questions.

Transformation Begins Here

Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Leadership Development program located on campus (202-994-0491).

In the News

Dr. Shaista Khilji shared her hopes to keep the spotlight on organizational diversity management and to train the next generation of leaders to adopt a humanistic approach in the GW Today article, "GW All Access - Shaista Khilji of GSEHD."

Four faculty in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) who are graduates of the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program, along with Dr. Ellen Goldman and a staff member in SMHS, published "The process of curricular integration and its effects on anatomical knowledge retention" in Clinical Anatomy. The article provides faculty perspectives on the revision of the MD Program and shows a significant increase in anatomy knowledge retention for the new vs. old curriculum.

Dr. Ellen Goldman recorded the workshop Applying concepts from organizational change to effectively lead curricular initiatives for the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning: Designing Effective Teaching, Bethesda, MD. The conference site will be open May 28-August 15.

Dr. Ellen Goldman presented "Perspectives on Leading Organizational Change" for the Reston, VA Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors on February 27 as part of their on-going professional development programming.

Dr. Shaista Khilji published a blog post entitled, "Doing DEI Work: The Experiences of DEI Practitioners."

For more information, please request information or contact our admission office at or 202-994-9283.